It's about one o'clock in the afternoon here at my home in northern Illinois. The spring weather is late-breaking, but with it being a sunny and clear 63° outside, I've got the kitchen windows open as I sip my early afternoon coffee... from a mug shaped like Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet. My life continues to take me to interesting places, and they're often very quick trips that are packed with activities and excitement, usually ending with a red eye flight back to Chicago and back to reality. On Monday night, I walked the Purple Carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War... sat in the front row of the Dolby Theatre in a seat once occupied by Leonardo DiCaprio... and sipped a martini as an invited guest at the official after party.
When Star Wars Rebels came to a close at the end of its fourth season earlier this year, many were left wondering what our next animated adventure could be. Speculation was fueled after Lucasfilm job listings were posted for storyboard artists and directors (which could've also been for many projects), but now we have definitive word on what's coming next. Production has begun on STAR WARS RESISTANCE, "an exciting new animated adventure series about Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order." Set in the era prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the series will premiere this fall on Disney Channel in the U.S. and, thereafter, on Disney XD around the world.
If I were to spin back the clock a few decades and point my lens to a specific neighborhood and a specific house somewhere in the south suburbs of Chicago, I would be able to see a little boy that was dreaming of bigger things. Sometimes that child would be tuned into WFLD-TV Channel 32, watching Reb Brown and Nicholas Hammond as Captain America and Spider-Man in re-runs on the UHF band. During those shows there might even be a commercial for the incredible stories being told in the pages of Marvel Comics. It was a simpler time, and one where no one could've ever predicted how prevalent those characters would one day be around the world. Now, as the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to be released, that little boy is now a man - and one invited to walk the red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War! As a guest of The Walt Disney Company and Marvel, I will be back in Los Angeles as part of a group of 25 writers, bloggers and online personalities as we experience the debut of the biggest superhero film in history as part of the #InfinityWarEvent - April 22-24, 2018! What's unique about this it that the World Premiere will mark the first time that the cast as seen the film... and like last year when the cast assembled at the D23 Expo in Anaheim to share in watching the first footage from the film together, somehow this kid from Illinois will be there with them.
I think most parents have probably tried their hand at making "Mickey Mouse Pancakes" at some point, and if you're like me - the results have varied greatly. Overall, it's not really the end result that's important, but how you get there - and that's what caught my eye about the new Disney Eats collection. Available now from my affiliates at ShopDisney.com and coming 4/23 to Disney Store, Disney Eats encourages kids and grownups to get cooking together. It's an entire collection of new kitchen items including whisks, mixing bowls and spoons featuring classic Mickey and Minnie - and they come in "big" and "little" sets depending on the size of the cook.
Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25, 2018 - 41 years to the date that the original Star Wars first arrived in 1977. As usual, a new collection of STAR WARS toys based on the film will hit retail, and while countless licensees will be in on the action, here at THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine we're presenting a series of STAR WARS Checklists, this one focusing primarily on Hasbro's classic 3¾" action figures, vehicles and playsets (carrying on the tradition that Kenner started 40 years ago)- along with the ever-popular "Black Series" of collector-focused 6" figures and accessories. If you'd like to keep track of what's available or coming soon from these lines, this is the place to be!
Some of the coolest LEGO sets in recent years have spawned from the fan-generated LEGO Ideas program, and now the newest set is about to hit the streets. LEGO Ideas 21314 is the TRON: Legacy set from Disney, featuring 2 Light Cycles, each with minifigure seats and translucent-colored light-style elements, plus a divisible TRON grid with attachment points for the vehicles. There's three included LEGO minifigures - Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler - all ready to battle on their cycles or with their Identity Discs. The set will be available beginning March 31 exclusively at LEGO Store and LEGO Shop (and affiliate), with a limit of one per customer. Check out all the specs below!